PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Law enforcement officials say methamphetamine arrests were down last month in Jackson County, but it's too soon to tell whether a new law had anything to do with the decrease.
In July, there were 28 meth arrests, down from 48 in June and 52 in May. A new law that went into effect July 1 requires a prescription for pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in meth.
Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director Marshall Fisher tells the Mississippi Press it will take 90 days to six months to get an accurate snapshot of how well the law is working to reduce meth activity in the state.
Mississippi became the second state after Oregon to pass such a law.
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